Herefordshire Tree Forum Meeting and News

The first Herefordshire Tree Forum meeting of 2022, via Zoom, will be on Wednesday 9th Feb at 7pm, at which we look forward to hearing plans from various organisations concerned with the tree health and wellbeing of Herefordshire.

Herefordshire Tree Forum is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting (kindly hosted by Herefordshire Wildlife Trust)

Topic: Herefordshire Tree Forum Meeting
Time: Feb 9, 2022 06:45 PM London

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The Agenda is given below and you’ll see that Item 2 is a talk by Brendan Tuer, focussing on volunteer tree planting.  Of particular interest to everyone working to protect Herefordshire’s veteran tree stock, we will be discussing the setting up of an Ancient Tree Forum branch for this county, affiliated to the wider regional branches.  Please let anyone you know who might be interested – (professionally or otherwise especially local Councillors and community leaders with ambitions to plant at a community level in their own areas ) – in collaborating in this ATF initiative to join us on the 9th Feb.

Note the meeting starts at 7pm sharp not 6.45pm, (which is the setting up/getting the buttons to work, time) and there will be limited opportunities for questions after each item.

1.  Welcome to 2022 and a new year of arboreal activities across the county

2. “Volunteer Tree Planting- the successes & pitfalls” Brendan Tuer, Consultant Aboriculturalist will outline his local Shrewsbury community’s successful experiences in planting trees to help meet their climate change concerns and commitments, and how Shropshire Tree Policy Guidance supports such initiatives. He will be happy to join in discussions and answers questions on related arboreal issues.

3. HTF Chair Jerry Ross and colleagues outline their plans for an Ancient Tree Forum branch for Herefordshire, in association with ATF regional branches, and how this could benefit and better protect Herefordshire’s extraordinary ancient tree heritage.

4. Feedback from Herefordshire Council – Conservation and Planning Dept.

5. Update from Herefordshire Wildlife Trust – Nature Recovery Networks, TROWS, Team Wilder initiative and much more.

6. Report from Herefordshire Tree Warden Network  on future plans and activities across the county for 2022.

7. AOB


Two papers on bacterial infections associated with Acute Oak Decline can be read by clicking Here and Here

The Tree Council, working with Defra, Forestry Commission and Forest Research has also just published a practical toolkit that will equip Local Authorities and others responsible for managing trees with the information and tools needed to develop local risk-based management approaches for Oak Processionary Moth (OPM).  To download the toolkit, Click here

The Woodland Trust’s Ancient Tree Inventory (ATI) has been hard at work producing a set of 5 videos related to veteran and ancient trees and how to record them.  Recently launched, Click here to feast on a great deal of useful, visually accessible information.

Launch of Natural England’s Green Infrastructure Framework
Natural England has begun launching its Green Infrastructure (GI) Framework, a commitment in the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan.  Click here  to read more about it. Natural England have published a blog outlining how the new framework can help create better places to live, which you access here. ‘  We hope that local communities will  find the free maps created by the framework useful to help them make a strong case for increasing the amount of green space in places where it is lacking.’

On the national scene, The Town and County Planning Association (TCPA) has published its interim report  ‘How are we going to live?’ as part of its ‘Tomorrow 125: A Practical Path to a Hopeful Future‘ project, which aims to reignite a conversation about how to achieve socially just and sustainable places and develop a framework of practical actions to get there.


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